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Contributing to regions' economic development

We contribute to the balanced and sustainable development of differing regions by working with different stakeholders: SMEs, integration organisations, disabled workers sector, social and solidarity economy players. 

Our commitments

Discovering three ways we contribute to responsible economy:

A responsible procurement policy

ensuring subcontractors' and suppliers' adherence to our sustainable development requirements, aids the progression of the entire sector and supports the emergence of eco-industries.

Creating and maintaining jobs

directly or working with social and solidarity economy and with organizations employing disabled individuals.

Integrating young people into the workforce.

SUEZ is committed to helping young people from poor neighborhoods access long-term employment or making their business plans a reality. 

Our actions

Contributing to a responsible economy through employment and local development

Developing a responsible procurement policy

With nearly €6 billion in purchases and 95,000 suppliers, procurement is a valuable strategic lever for us. Our goal is to partner with suppliers to integrate corporate social responsibility issues into their business models. We’re developing a responsible procurement performance project to:

 

  • Integrate suppliers into new services and the circular economy.
  • Optimize resources and create "win-win" supplier relations and partnerships.
  • Encourage support for SMEs and promote diversity among suppliers (integration, disabled workers sector).
 

Supporting the social and solidarity in the economy

The company is expanding its relationships with social and solidarity groups in France. For instance, we formed a partnership with MOUVES in 2015. The aim of this partnership is to encourage mutual understanding between SUEZ and social enterprises in the different regions of France but also to support the emergence of local solutions for social and environmental problems.

Facilitating the integration of disadvantaged groups

We  help with the integration of disadvantaged groups through partnerships with NGOs and social solidarity organizations such as "100 chances, 100 emplois" (100 chances, 100 jobs) and “Passeport Avenir” (Passport to the Future) in France. We’re also committed to increasing the percentage of employees on work-study, integration contracts and striving to make the social clauses introduced by local authorities in their tender offers effective in France.
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